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Jupiter Inlet’s Shining Light

There are many reasons to visit Jupiter Florida, it’s scenic waterways, the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the abundant parks and nature preserves, but there is one attraction that stands above them all and that is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

This Landmark 1860 lighthouse sits on a 120 acre federally designated natural area where the Loxahatchee river meets the Atlantic Ocean and from the top, the views are extraordinary.

Climb the 105 steps to the top of this Lighthouse that is on the National Register of Historic places and your view to the east is the vibrant blue Atlantic Ocean.

The view on the west side is the inlet where the Loxahatchee river flows into the Atlantic and in the winter months it is likely that you will spot manatees that have come into the river for warmer water.

The climb to the top on the narrow spiral staircase is strenuous and one should wear comfortable shoes and absolutely no high heels. Once at the top though you will find that the breathtaking view was well worth the climb as is the viewing of the lighthouse lens itself.

The grounds beneath the lighthouse offer spectacular views as well, of passing boats either going out to the Atlantic or coming back in from a day on the ocean waters. Just watch for a short while and you will see the drawbridge open to allow passage for the taller vessels, a very frequent occurrence.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped with native Florida plants and trees and the paved walkways are lined with exhibits telling the history of the area going back to the days of the early Native American inhabitants.

Also on the grounds are the Keepers’ Workshop Exhibit, an example of a Seminole Chickee (a type of hut) and the hitoric pioneer home of the Tindall family.

Until recently the lighthouse and grounds have always been associated with the United States Military, and it played a very important role protecting the east coast of the United States from German U-Boats in WWII. It is a fascinating history indeed and you will want to visit the museum on site to learn more about it.

The Gulf Stream is closest to the United States east coast at Jupiter Island and the Gulf Stream played an important part to shipping throughout history. Many a ship met it’s peril off the east coast of Florida and in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum is a collection of artifacts found from those shipwrecks.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is located at 500 Captain Armour’s Way in Jupiter Florida. Price of Admission is $12.00 adults $10.00 for seniors and $6.00 for children ages 6-18 and Free to US Military and their families with current ID. The Lighthouse and Museum are open 7 days a week from January – April and Tuesday – Sunday, May – December. Hours are 10 am and last admission is 4 pm.

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